Committee Descriptions

Annual Conference Programming Committee

The Annual Conference Programming Committee (ACPC) plays a key role in the success of the RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition. Members of the Committee evaluate and select the presentation of educational sessions and industry sessions. Additionally, the Committee creates opportunities for networking and encourages the discussion, presentation and evaluation of critical and emerging risk management solutions.

Communications and External Affairs Committee 
(RIMS Canada Council)

The Communications and External Affairs Committee focuses on: 

  • Internal communications, facilitating information sharing among Canadian RIMS members, Canadian RIMS chapters, RCC RIMS
  • External communications with media and other associations
  • Government relations, presenting the viewpoint of Canadian risk managers to federal and provincial governments and regulatory bodies 

Council of Chapter Presidents

 The purpose of the Council of Chapter Presidents (the “Council”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (the “Society”) is to provide (a) leadership training and networking opportunities for chapter leaders; (b) a vehicle for chapter leaders to share chapter issues and concerns with the Society; and (c) a platform for the Society to work with chapter leaders to discuss Society initiatives and pilot programs at the chapter level. 



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council

The Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council (the Council) shall continually identify relevant diversity and inclusion (D&I) goals for RIMS to pursue, and shall advise RIMS on how best to achieve those goals.

  • Develop RIMS D&I strategy and objectives that align with the RIMS vision and mission.
  • Work with staff liaison(s) to identify member, industry and staff needs relating to D&I, and submit recommendations for new and/or enhancements to existing policies, procedures, best practices, programs, products and services relating to D&I.
  • Serve as a resource and collaborate with RIMS committees and Councils to implement D&I goals and objectives.
  • Assist in the development of D&I-related content for whitepapers, magazines, blogs, podcasts, conferences and forums.
  • Gather, interpret and share D&I benchmark information from both inside and outside of industry and provide any input on D&I member surveys in order to publish insights for members and the industry.
  • Help develop KPIs to evaluate the performance/impact of RIMS D&I program
  • Serve as RIMS D&I ambassadors and advocates



External Affairs Committee

The External Affairs Committee promotes and supports risk management by analyzing legislative, regulatory and legal issues; recommending policy and viewpoints for RIMS; providing sound risk management responses to these issues and educating members on how these issues will affect their industry and/or profession.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the financial well being of the Society. In this role, it oversees the annual budgets and presents it to the Board for approval.

Member and Chapter Awards

The Member and Chapter Engagement Committee of the Risk and Insurance Management Society supports the development of an international network of members and chapters by identifying member needs. The M&CE committee is responsible for the review of existing RIMS resources including products, programs, and services while also serving as beta testers for new programs and/or technology that the Society is seeking to incorporate. The Committee also serves as the arbiter for the Chapter Awards Program in which it accepts, reviews, and determines award winners. In addition, M&CE oversees and finalizes alterations to the nominating and selection process. As a whole, the Committee is chiefly tasked with creating and identifying member and chapter benefits while promoting community value to the larger RIMS membership.

National Conference Committee (RIMS Canada Council)

The National Conference Committee is a sub-committee of the RIMS Canada Council. Its job is to coordinate the RIMS Canada Conference on a national level. 

Mandate of the National Conference Committee: 

  • Advise RIMS Canada Council on policy and guideline recommendations for conference planning. 
  • Act as both a resource and a liaison to local planning committees, the RIMS Canada Council and the national event planner. 
  • Ensure that local planning committees and the national event planner meet their obligations to the RIMS Canada Council. 
  • Be a proponent for change where necessary to ensure the conference meets the needs of its stakeholders. 
  • Monitor and evaluate sponsorship at conferences in conjunction with the local planning committee. 
  • Coordinate contacts with future conferences committees and the national event planner.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating and Governance Committee identifies, recruits, and formally nominates Society members to serve on the Board of Directors. The Committee also (1) oversees the orientation and training of new Board members, (2) assists with the development of Board members during their terms of service, (3) reviews and recommends modifications, as appropriate, to the Society’s governance structure, committee structure, and governance documents, including the bylaws and governance polices, and (4) considers other governance issues that arise, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board.

RIMS-CRMP Certification Commission

The Commission provides oversight of and ensures that the RIMS-CRMP meets and maintains best industry practices in credentialing. The Commission aids in establishing and implementing policies related to granting, maintaining, renewing and suspending, withdrawing, and expanding and reducing the scope of the certification. Members of the Commission may also serve on various subcommittees such as Nominating, Ethics, Exam Development and Appeals.

Rising Risk Professional (RRP) Advisory Group

The Rising Risk Professional (RRP) Advisory Group consists of RIMS members under the age of 36 that provide feedback and recommendations on new and existing RRP programs.

Standards and Practices Council

The Standards and Practices Council's responsibilities are to actively engage in the development and revisions of any and all risk management standards and practices. These activities may include creation, support, coordination, leadership and promotion of national and international standards, best practices, research projects and articles pertaining to the risk management discipline.

Student Advisory Council

The council is a panel assembled to oversee and coordinate RIMS Student Outreach Programs and Membership. Its responsibilities are:

  • To continually seek ways to engage, recruit, maintain and administer student outreach programs and RIMS student membership.
  • To develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with academic organizations related to the insurance and risk management field, (e.g. Gamma Iota Sigma, ARIA), through attendance at their annual conferences and speaking engagements, and their attendance at the RIMS annual conference, and joint programs and mutual support.
  • To develop, coordinate, and administer a RIMS Student Mentor program between RIMS members and students;
  • To provide ongoing guidance to RIMS in the areas that effect students - such as membership categories and career center; Student E-Groups, chat rooms, online Q&A events, student social networking board; and professional development.
  • To develop, coordinate and administer a Student Track at the annual RIMS conference. Strive to engage more students at the conference via focus group data gathering, communications and GIS interaction.
  • To encourage chapter student involvement and support chapter involvement by the development and administration of student programs, idea exchanges and communications.​​​​​